There is a saying in Spanish: “Crazy February
and March a bit too as well.” Believe me, in
Spanish it rhymes a little better, and makes a
little more sense, but you get the idea of why I
mentioned it. March continued to be very
extreme . . . some days were nice with the water
flat as a tortilla, and then the next day the
wind came up. But nothing out of the ordinary;
and as always, we enjoy what God send our ways.
In our last
communication, we noted that all of the hotel
and boat repairs, remodeling, redecoration and
upgrading would be completed by the end of April
or early May and we’re right on target. The
winter and early Spring winds are all but a
memory, roosterfish are cruising the
shore, bait fishes are being seen in larger
quantities, and we’re getting more dorado
almost every day! One of our guests even landed
the first swordfish of the year [see
Spring is a time of
rebirth and I am reminded of that when looking
at both our famous hotel gardens and the
adjacent land with cactus flowers in full
bloom. Our team of gardeners is doing a
fantastic job of making our little corner of the
world a true paradise.
. . . we will see you soon.
Up ‘n’ Coming
As you read this,
the Fiesta de Pesca
is going on; it’s our annual homage to the
Fishing Gods and a terrific angling experience
if you’ve never been here at this time of year.
If you are an early riser and live in Southern
California, I will be with Pete Gray on his
“Let’s Talk Hook Up” radio show with all of the
resorts in the area on Sat., April 28.
On May 5 I will be co-hosting a seminar about
our fishery with Penn Fishing University
Director Steve Carson in the IWE store in
Sacramento (4221 Northgate Blvd. across
from Fry's Electronics.) If you are anywhere in
the Sacramento or Delta area, please stop by.
And if you haven’t yet made plans for Mother’s
Day weekend (in Mexico we call that “Que poca
M,” ask anyone at the resort or in Mexico and
they will tell what it means), we can send out a
gift certificate for a trip. Moms do not pay
during this weekend. The certificate also
stands for any other special occasion you may
have, so keep that in mind.
There are some sold-out weekends all the way to
August. But call us anyway. You never know when
Hortencia will amaze you with her magic and
ability to pull a room out of a hat. So give us
March was a month with little fishing at times,
but good fishing when it was requested, but most
important to us is that we were part of many
special events –
from Portland, Ore., together with his friends
and family partied long and hard on March 13
celebrating his 50th birthday. Sabina
Maucuzet and 14
guests from San Jose del Cabo were up until 5
a.m. for her birthday celebration. Jon and
Patricia Krager, Chinook, Wash., celebrated
their 40th wedding anniversary – a 10
night romantic vacation. And on the other end
of the marriage game were teh Khols just married
who enjoyed the hotel as the perfect background
for a great honeymoon.
Numerous reunions and
corporate groups –
and five friends from the Wilmington, Calif.,
area enjoyed great weather and great fishing.
The got in on the initial marlin, tuna and
dorado run of ’07. Barry Ashcraft and 22
guests from the Nugget Market played golf,
toured the mountains, took city tours, and, of
course, fished despite some windy days. Noted
architect Carlos Mondragón from
Guadalajara (the land of the Mariachi) brought
the entire family of six adults and six kids for
a terrific reunion
Thank you very much to all of you who emailed to
be included in the news regarding the condo
project. Esaul continues to work on it.
As you may know, Baja tends to run at its own
pace, nevertheless progress is coming and there
are deadlines (did you know there is no official
translation to the word “deadline” in Spanish?
Well there is, but not a well practiced one).
Still, the projected time for pre-sales is still
this summer. We are still incorporating our
list, please if you haven’t already done so,
shoot me an email to
Now that we have finished the winter outdoor and
fishing show circuit and able to see so many of
our long time friends, we discovered many who
are interested in this project. Some of the
questions were in regards to the affect that it
will have in the hotel. We cannot say that it
won’t have any, but we are definitely trying our
hardest to avoid as many of them as possible.
The primary idea is that even though it is still
in the same property, it will be a completely
independent project; with its own entrance,
lobby, maintenance and staff crew. We love our
East Cape the way it has been until now, which
it is able to differentiate itself from Cabo. We
will continue the old Baja Charm. And we pledge
to maintain it.
Ohh!!, and another concern – this one from the
wives (Kathy and Dianna) – you don’t have to
cook. This will still be your place to relax,
fish, read a few books, swim and escape from it
all, including cooking. But thank you
very much as it has reassured us that we are
thinking in the right direction.
Our long time friends Dave and Leslie
Siegle visited. The Siegle family Jim,
David and Dad were big supporters of
my father’s beginnings. Our family has always
considered them a very special family to all. In
honor of this friendship, Esaul agreed on the
first “honorary sale.” I may get trouble saying
this, as after 30 years we have made many
friends that one way or
another have helped us become who we are today.
We thank you all and remind you that, it is only
“honorary,” but I didn’t want to pass the
opportunity to make a public recognition of
Guests, Groups and News About
Our good friends from the non-profit ALMA
organization visited us to nail down the dates
for their event in October. Alma is an
organization that was formed to help our pets in
the East Cape, they do a fine job and we are
happy to support them. Their tournament dates
will be October 19-21 and if you are
here or planning a trip during that weekend,
make plans to join it. It’s for a great cause
and lots of fun.
winner of the East Cape Classic 2006, used up
her certificate. Brian Berger
bought our donated certificate for the IGFA,
during their banquet. Sheila Pontius,
our good friend and almost neighbor from Todos
Santos, paid us a visit. Zuky Treviño
escaped for a weekend from San Jose del Cabo.
Corina Vargas and friends, all locals also
visited from San Jose. Mary and Buzz
Fedorka were down for a quick trip to make
sure everything is in place. Our good neighbor
Herb Allen was in town for a few days and
some of his friends stayed with us. Warren
Verkerk, son of our good friends Ken
and Linda from HI 5 lures visited . . .
There was the Joan Lowey Family Reunion
. . . and San Jose
del Cabo friend Alejandro Landskron . . .
so many people . . . so many good times
Guests . . .
. . . Debbie and Bodo Meshkat for
a quick business-related trip . . . James
Starker after a long absence . . . Bob
and Linda Baran . . . Diana Somerville
. . . Rebecca Hassbroek . . . Robert
Lusting (someone to look up to) . . .
Togo Hazard and his friends Bill Fry
and Kim Eady . . .
. . . Steve Tomlinson . . . Randy
Donnell . . . David Beck . . . and
Gary Ginter on his first trip of the year .
. . Roger Morley . . . Al and
Sherrie Phillips . . . Robin Littlefield
. . . our newest friend from Alaska (looking for
a little warm weather, no doubt) Tim Dillon
. . .Gerald Goldman . . . and Henry
The Valdez Family
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February 2007 Total Fish Count
U.S. citizens are
now required to carry a passport (a driver’s
license or other I.D. is no longer sufficient)
and we urge you to get your new passport or
renew your old one well in advance of your next
trip Down Mexico Way. Don’t say we didn’t warn
tidbits of Hotel Buena Vista's History
Did you know?
Question: Last month we asked,
since we will be honoring our one and only
Sr. Jesus Araiza, our question is in two
parts about him. What year did he come over to
Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort; and what is his
boat’s complete name and why it was given this
The winner – with the
longest and most complete answer in history – is our
good friend and longtime guest Henry Howard. His
answer (in part) read –
“When I saw what the prize
is and who the question is about, there's no way I could
“I am going to go out on a
limb here and guess that Jesus Araiza actually started
kippering at Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort in 1988. He
started his career as a mate at the original Rancho
Buena Vista Hotel in 1953.
“The full name of his boat
is the Eclipse '91, bestowed as a tribute to the
legendary July 11, 1991 total solar eclipse, visible
from all over Baja and the Mexican mainland (I
was lucky enough to see it
in unobstructed blue skies from Playa Novillero, 35
miles south of Mazatlan). If I recall correctly, Jesus
told me he was fishing that day, and he and his clients
got to watch the amazing spectacle at the same time they
were trolling for marlin.
“Even if I have the story
wrong, that is the reason for the name of the boat as
I am quite sure. If I'm
wrong, I'll eat a dorado or something, raw, as
punishment! And if I win the contest, I damn well
better get a day with Jesus!”
Congratulations, Henry. As
agreed, we will try to get you a day with Jesus, but
since he’s in semi-retirement we can’t guarantee it. If
not Jesus, it will be with one of our other great
skippers – the Best in the West – and that we can
Contest of the
QUESTION OF THIS
Since Matt Bloom
has the honor of the first swordfish of 2007, we
thought we’d find out what you know about these
magnificent creatures. The most distinguishing
characteristic of swordfish is, of course, the
long bill or “sword.” What is the function of
the fish’s sword?
dinner certificate for two.
The closest guess and the
first to the actual correct answer will be the
In the News
month's story is great and it should bring
memories for those who fished with us late last
year, as it talks about fishing tuna off Los
Frailes with squid chunks caught right in front
of the resort .
click here to
Adventure or Inspiration Story
The Mess of Stress
It’s a wonder any of survive
this adventure called life. With cell phones, text
messages, e-mail, wall-to-wall traffic, 24/7 television
news, trying to make a living, trying to raise a family
and all the rest, I’m surprised more people don’t just
throw up their arms and quit the race.
For many of us, relaxation
and the ability to disassociate ourselves – even for a
day or two – from the world around us is literally a
lifesaver. I was reminded of the power of relaxation
when reading a story in the Los Angeles Times
about a Dodgers baseball pitcher named Mark
Hendrickson. The gist of the story is that Hendrickson
had a mediocre career with the Dodgers until visiting
sports psychologist Ken Ravizza and learning to relax.
The article mentions that
one of Ravizza’s techniques is to “have a player pick
out something in the stadium and look at it frequently
as a reminder to relax, regain focus and concentrate on
the next pitch.” At this point, Hendrickson’s career is
in high gear; he’s undefeated with a low ERA.
Buena Vista Beach Resort together with
Doctor Miles Thomas are helping people learn to relax
through a series of programs
teaching Thai Yoga
Massage, or Nuad Bo Rarn. It is a
traditional form of bodywork that has origins rooted in
India over 2,500 years ago. Its lineage can be traced to
the 5th century BC to an Indian doctor thought to be a
personal friend and head physician of the original
community that gathered around the historical Buddha. He
is known in Thailand as the “Father Doctor.” Thai
Yoga Massage is representative of the physical
branch of this traditional form of medicine. Its
movements are unlike any other style of bodywork. Slow
and meditative, it can be likened to having yoga done to
We are honor to be selected
by Dr. Thomas to be the host of these series of
3-day workshops in this contemplative form of exercise
and relaxation therapy. It is too late for you to
enroll this year, but we plan to continue having them
because we want our friends and guests to live long,
happy, fulfilling lives – free from stress and
For information about
upcoming programs of Thai Yoga Massage, or Nuad Bo Rarn,
call our reservations office.
In the meantime, until the
next Thai Yoga Massage session, here are a few ways to
relieve the stress, pressures and intensity of life as
we know it:
a short distance by boat from Cabo Pulmo, the world
renowned Underwater National Park;
Our Scuba and snorkeling is second to
none. You can swim with and photograph part of our
undersea world of coral, brilliantly-colored
tropical fish, game fish, predators and more;
offer a full compliment of tours to a hidden
tropical oasis, waterfalls, Indian rock paintings,
birds and other wildlife, Spanish missions and
couple of margaritas won’t hurt!
Hotel Buena Vista Beach
Resort. It’s so much more.
now our Fishing
Our friend Matt
Bloom from Sonora, Calif., with his family fished
with legendary captain Felipe Ruiz and his mate
Reggie on the Yanet on
24. They were about 30 miles out from the lighthouse
when they ran into this nice swordfish, baited and
hooked it. According to Capt. Felipe, it was a rugged
hour-long fight. This was our first swordfish of the
year. Congratulations to Matt.
P.S. – The
swordfish steaks were GREAT!
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RAJAS EN CREMA
In the mid
‘90s, on a visit to the newly rechristened Hotel Buena
Vista Beach Resort, then chef Carlos Leyva gave me the
following recipe to include in this book. He has since
moved on to become the chef at La Mar y Peña Restaurant
in Cabo, but the recipe stayed with me. It’s divine and
goes beautifully with any chicken, beef or seafood dish.
4 poblano chiles
(you can substitute Anaheim chiles)
4 tbsp butter
1 large onion,
½ tsp salt (or to
2 cups crema media
ácida or sour cream
1 cup grated
Chihuahua or jack cheese
If you have a gas
stove, lay the chiles over the open flame and char skins
well, turning with tongs frequently until they’re
uniformly blackened and stop snapping. The more charred
they are, the easier it is to remove the skins. If you
have an electric stove, place chiles in a large skillet
on high heat. Turn frequently as above. Remove chiles to
plastic bag, close it and let stand for 10 minutes.
Remove from bag, place in ice-cold water and remove the
stems, skins, veins and seeds. Cut into strips.
Melt butter in
skillet. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add
chiles, salt and crema or sour cream. Stir until heated
clear through. Remove from heat and serve immediately,
garnishing with grated cheese.
This recipe (along with all your favorites
the resort) is from Ann Hazard's new book,
Cooking With Baja Magic Dos.
Available online or at our gift shop, this book
offers up the best in Baja cuisine. With 250
recipes, 80 colored illustrations and travel and
adventure stories spanning four generations,
this is a must-have for everyone who loves Baja!
For more great Baja recipes and stories visit